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About

Balboa Park

School in the Park is a multi-visit museum program that blends formal and informal learning by utilizing the rich resources of museums and educational institutions in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. The program is designed with standards based curriculum to integrate what is learned at school with authentic learning connections from the Park institutions. School in the Park significantly alters the "normal" educational setting and methodologies for students and teachers by moving "school" into the larger community. This structured program focuses on high student expectations, alignment with state education standards, and authentic learning activities as students spend their time learning and gaining new experiences within museum settings.

 

San Diego History Center

 

School in the Park began in 1999 with the hiring of a full-time director, Susan Wachowiak to design, develop, and implement the program. Under her direction, classroom teachers and museum educators collaborated to create a curriculum that blended formal and informal learning. Support staff work with museum and classroom teachers for the entire week to help provide the students with the best possible experience. In 2008, Ms. Wachowiak retired and Linda Feldman was appointed Interim Director. Ms. Feldman is currently the Director of School in the Park and continues the high quality program today.

 

San Diego Zoo

 

Classroom teachers accompany their students to the week-long program. Museum teachers lead instructions from 9:00-11:00 AM with classroom teachers supporting the hands-on activities and museum visits. During this time classroom teachers model learning techniques for their students. They also have a unique opportunity to observe individual students in a one-on-one setting as well as helping students make connections between curriculum and museum curriculum. At 11:00 the classroom teacher takes over the class and uses the remaining time to bridge and integrate morning content with school curriculum.

 

Jnr Theatre

 

School in the Park started by serving half of the third grade at Rosa Parks Elementary School  in school year 1999-2000. The program grew in the second year from 120 students, to include the entire third and fourth grade in school year 2000-2001, for a total of 540 students. For school year 2001-2002, the fifth grade was added to now serve over 800 students working within ten museums. In 2006-2007, the third, fourth, and fifth grade students of Alexander Hamilton Elementary School began participating in the program, increasing enrollment to 1100 students.  School in the Park serves all students within these grades, including students with special learning needs.

 

Air and Space Museum

 

School in the Park addresses California state standards at each grade level. These standards are imbedded into topics that are appropriate to each of the ten institutions in Balboa Park that participate in the program. Classroom teachers accompany their students to the week-long program. Museum teachers lead instructions from 9:00-11:00 AM with classroom teachers supporting the hands-on activities and museum visits. During this time classroom teachers model learning techniques for their students. They also have a unique opportunity to observe individual students in a one-on-one setting as well as helping students make connections between curriculum and museum curriculum. At 11:00 the classroom teacher takes over the class and uses the remaining time to bridge and integrate morning content with school curriculum.

 

MoPA

 

Many times, students have not had many "out of the neighborhood" experiences. Consequently, they do not always have background information from which to connect new information. By attending classes at the museums, students are inundated with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic information. Displays and exhibits offer a feast of information for students to explore. As students advance in their academic careers, they now have a foundation of knowledge and a context in which to place new material. A focus on academic excellence provides School in the Park students with knowledge they need to achieve their current and future academic goals.

 

San Diego Art Museum